EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW: April-June 2015

APRIL>>>With the years-long drought worsening, several East Bay municipalities begin drawing up water conservation plans. Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday jokingly proposes a "skip-a-shower day." State Sen. Bob Wieckowski tends to one of the plantsto be used in the $6 million Oro Loma study.>>>Global warming and sea-level rise is also a continuing concern and the Oro Loma Sanitary District … Continue reading EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW: April-June 2015

Susan Bonilla will not challenge Steve Glazer to a state Senate rematch next year

Steve Glazer defeated Susan Bonilla in thehard-fought SD7 race last May by 10 points.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | Nearly five months after Susan Bonilla fell short in a grueling and often acrimonious intraparty special election against Steve Glazer in the Seventh State Senate District, she announced Monday she will not mount another campaign for … Continue reading Susan Bonilla will not challenge Steve Glazer to a state Senate rematch next year

Labor’s losing SD7 strategy: Send union members to a district that hates them

Polling showed the Seventh District were morethan just not into labor unions.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | Legions of clipboard-toting labor Democrats say they blanketed the State Senate Seventh District battleground just days before before Tuesday election. Five hundred campaign volunteers talked up their candidate, Susan Bonilla, from Pittsburg to Livermore, stumping for her and … Continue reading Labor’s losing SD7 strategy: Send union members to a district that hates them

Steve Glazer wins expensive State Senate special election

State Sen-elect Steve GlazerSTATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | In a race that featured millions of dollars from outside interests, Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer has won the State Senate Seventh District special election Tuesday night.With nearly all the votes counted in the district comprising Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, Glazer, a moderate Democrat backed by … Continue reading Steve Glazer wins expensive State Senate special election

ELECTION RESULTS: 7TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT SPECIAL ELECTION (Final, Unofficial)

STATE SENATE7th District..............................VOTES....PCTPRECINCTS REPORTING 100%*Steve Glazer.............................67,301   54.6%Susan Bonilla............................55,867   45.4%*includes Alameda County/Contra Costa County REGISTRATION/TURNOUTAlameda County/Contra Costa County........VOTES....PCTPRECINCTS REPORTING 100%Total Registration......................487,495Total Ballots Cast......................123,168  25.27%Last Updated: Friday, May 22, 3:30 p.m.

SD7 Election Preview: Which special interest will reign supreme?

Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer and Assemblymember Susan BonilaMEET THE CANDIDATES Susan Bonilla represents almost half of the voters in Seventh District as an Assemblymember representing a portion of Contra Costa County. She is also a former high school teacher and county supervisor who has the endorsement of the Democratic Party and the former holder of … Continue reading SD7 Election Preview: Which special interest will reign supreme?

SD7 Poll: Glazer leads Bonilla by 10 points with election just days away

SD7 candidate Steve GlazerSTATE SENTATE | DISTRICT 7 | Steve Glazer's hopes of winning next Tuesday's special State Senate Seventh District race were buoyed Friday by an independent poll showing a 10-point advantage over fellow Democrat Susan Bonilla with just days before the May 19 election.The telephone poll, conducted by KPIX-TV and Survey USA, shows … Continue reading SD7 Poll: Glazer leads Bonilla by 10 points with election just days away

A week from Election Day, State Senate race enters East Bay BART stations

Glazer's campaign provided seven photos, includingabove, showing BART employees electioneering forSusan Bonilla on BART property.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | For the Democrats Susan Bonilla and Steve Glazer, the next stop in their hard-fought State Senate special election is every BART station anywhere along the line from Dublin-Pleasanton to Pittsburg-Bay Point. On Monday, both campaigns … Continue reading A week from Election Day, State Senate race enters East Bay BART stations

Campaign nerves fray in contested State Senate race along with spendthrift IEs

STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | Big Labor was angling to slap a campaign finance complaint this week against the conservative Independent Expenditure (IE) committee backed by the Koch Brothers for failing to report the amount of money it spent for a web commercial in opposition of Susan Bonilla in the tight State Senate special … Continue reading Campaign nerves fray in contested State Senate race along with spendthrift IEs

Attack ad against Susan Bonilla echoes another used effectively last year

New attack ad against Susan Bonilla is paid forby a conservative IE so conservative it opposessome of the most conservative pols in the country.STATE SENTATE | DISTRICT 7 | It seems being a member of the California Legislature makes you a sitting target when seeking higher office. A rash of public ethics allegations against sitting … Continue reading Attack ad against Susan Bonilla echoes another used effectively last year

Did the State Democratic Party just show its hand in the All-Dem SD7 race?

The state party's financial support for Susan Bonillain the SD7 intraparty race may signal desperation.STATE SENTATE | DISTRICT 7 | Never before has the California Democratic Party open its wallet to defeat one of its own. But political familicide is now a precedent-setting strategy in the hotly-contested Seventh State Senate District race between Democrats Susan Bonilla … Continue reading Did the State Democratic Party just show its hand in the All-Dem SD7 race?

Republicans support Susan Bonilla, too?

STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | A new campaign commercial from Seventh State Senate District candidate Susan Bonilla features cameos from reitred Rep. George Miller and Contra Costa District Attorney Mark Peterson. It also hints that Bonilla's campaign views her opponent, Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer, also a Democrat, and his centrist platform as a great … Continue reading Republicans support Susan Bonilla, too?

Glazer wins SD7 special election; will face Bonilla in May runoff

STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | Voters in the 7th State Senate District, at least the few who participated in Tuesday's special election, gave centrist Democrat Steve Glazer a seven-point win over Assemblymember Susan Bonilla. Since no candidate attained a majority of the vote, the campaigns will reload and meet again in the May 19 … Continue reading Glazer wins SD7 special election; will face Bonilla in May runoff

SD7 Special Election Primary Preview: Can Glazer Reach The Top Two?

State Senate District 7 candidates: Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer, former Assembymember Joan Buchanan and Assemblymember Susan Bonilla.MEET THE CANDIDATES As an assemblymember, Susan Bonilla already represents almost half of the voters in the State Senate's 7th District. The former high school teacher and Contra Costa County supervisor has the endorsement of the Democratic Party and the former … Continue reading SD7 Special Election Primary Preview: Can Glazer Reach The Top Two?

Campaign Notes: John Fisher, A’s co-owner, maxes out donation to Glazer

STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | John Fisher, the co-owner of the Oakland Athletics, contributed $4,200 to the campaign of Steve Glazer. The donation was posted Monday, along with maxed out contributions from his wife, Laura Fisher, and the matriarch of the family, Doris Fisher, which founded clothier, Gap. Fisher's political leanings, typically point to … Continue reading Campaign Notes: John Fisher, A’s co-owner, maxes out donation to Glazer